Welcome to the Balboa Angling Club

We are a family of fishing men, women and children who all love the outdoors, the strike of a fish and the satisfaction of the Catch or Release.
All BAC members enjoy fellowship, fishing programs, seminars, recognition, trophies, awards, newsletters, an IGFA certified weigh station, an exclusive fishing hot-line to give you the latest fishing reports, access to world wide tournaments and a great clubhouse to enjoy beautiful Newport Bay during our gatherings.

We Sponsor the prestigious “Master Angler Billfish Tournament”, the "Junior Angler’s Tournament" and participate in most other tournaments in Southern California. We have “Pot Luck” parties on the BAC clubhouse deck several times a year and celebrate an annual trophy awards event.
We encourage conservation and are closely affiliated with many conservation groups including United Anglers of California, International Game Fish Association, Billfish Foundation, and the Pacific Fisheries Enhancement Foundation in conjunction with Hubbs/Seaworld Research Institute, where we operate and manage the White Seabass grow out pens here in Newport Beach.
We invite you to join us at the Balboa Angling Club and believe that once you're a member, you'll be hooked for life!
Visit our clubhouse at:
200 “A” Street, Balboa, CA 92661
Call us at (949) 673-6316
Click here to join us today!








2014 Helen Smith Offshore Tournament

06/23/2014 13:29


Helen Smith Offshore Tournament Scheduled for August 1st and 2nd, 2014


Starting with the July Porch Party, July 30th at 5:30 p.m., the official Kick Off for the Helen Smith Offshore Tournament which runs Friday, August 1st at 6:00 a.m. to Saturday, August 2nd 4:00 p.m.  This tournament is the 14th Annual named for the Balboa Angling Club Secretary who served as Club Secretary from 1963 to 1999.  The Helen Smith Offshore Tournament is strictly an Albacore, Dorado, Tuna and Yellowtail using up to 30# test line maximum.  Tuna eligible are Yellow Fin, Blue Fin and Big Eye.  The entry fee is $25 for Balboa Angling Club members and $30 for non-members.  This includes kick-off party, 2 days of fishing fun, and Tournament Awards Party held at the BAC Clubhouse Sunday, August 3rd at 4:00 p.m.


Entries must be received no later than Thursday, July 31st at 5:00 p.m.  Click here to download the entry form.

Master Angler Billfish Tournament

06/17/2014 16:18

The Balboa Angling Club welcomes all fishing clubs and invite you to participate in the oldest and most prestigious Marlin Tournament on the West Coast – The MABT – Master Angler Billfish Tournament.  With the approaching El Nino warming waters and great marlin fishing it’s time to formulate your fishing teams for the Masters.


This year the Masters will be included in The Great Marlin Race, a network of tournaments in conjunction with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) and Stanford University where archival tags are placed in marlin with a 180 day tracking record retrieved.  The sponsor whose marlin travels the farthest during the Great Marlin Race wins.  Data information used to determine migratory patterns, management decisions and the better acknowledgement of the oceans resources.


I’ve enclosed some information for you to help promote the use of satellite tags during our tournament and possibly sponsor a tag for your club.  The cost is $4,500 per tag and it is our hope that your anglers will sponsor at least one tag per club.  The Great Marlin Race is being held during the Masters, any tackle can be used for the satellite tagging as long as the fish is released in healthy condition.


Should you have any questions or wish to sponsor a satellite tag, please contact either John JD Doughty (949) 723.0883 or Bob Kurz, our Southern California IGFA Representative (949) 495.7272.


Thank you in advance for your participation in the MABT and the IGFA’s Great Marlin Race.



Join the BAC Today!

06/07/2014 00:00

We invite you to join the Balboa Angling Club and believe that once you're a member, you'll be hooked for life!  Click here for a Membership Application.


2014 Junior Tournament

06/01/2014 13:38

This year's Junior Tournament runs from June 14th through September 14th.  The idea is to catch as many species as you can!  Weigh in your game fish and count your releases of all species.  Everyone wins!  Awards Banquet to be held Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m.  Everybody wins!  For more information, contact Amy at the Balboa Anglng Club 949.673.6316 


To download the Junior Tournament Entry, click here.

Questions and Suggestions

11/15/2012 01:12

Do you have any questions for us? Please    contact us    via email at  balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net  and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. We appreciate any feedback you might have because it helps us to continue to improve the club.